Childhood: I grew up in Kansas where my father was a high school football coach. With his profession, we lived in five different Kansas towns in six years. Beginning in high school, our family lived on a farm near Hesston, Kansas where we raised livestock and wheat. I enjoyed being involved in sports and working on the farm.
Family: My wife, Joyce, and I have five sons and one daughter. We are known as the “J” family: Jason, Justin, Jeremy, Jenna, Joshua, and Jordan. Three of our children are now married and we currently have 7 grandchildren.
Education: Associate degree from Hesston College, Certified as a Respiratory Therapy Technician (CRTT), In 2000, Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Management from Goshen College. In 2017, Master’s Degree in Social Work from Indiana University South Bend.
Before I was a pastor: I was a respiratory therapist and worked in maintenance and carpentry.
How I got saved: I was raised Methodist and went with my family to church as a child. At the age of 19 and my first year as a freshman in college at Emporia State University, I felt I was confronted with a choice on the direction for my life. My uncle had started a church and began reaching out to me. It was at that point I gave my life completely to Christ, was water baptized and received the baptism of the Holy Spirit.
Hobbies: Woodworking, building countertops, raising calves and doing home repair projects
Places in the world I’ve visited: Cuba, Costa Rica, and Germany
One thing on my bucket list that I haven’t accomplished yet: Visiting Israel
The one person I’d swap lives with for a day: Kansas State Football Coach
As a kid, I was: Sports crazy
The best piece of advice I’ve ever been given: Live within your means and be yourself
Movie: War Room
TV Show: Andy Griffith
Junk food: Ice Cream
Restaurant: Cracker Barrel
Place in the world: Florida beaches
Bible verse: But God is so rich in mercy, and he loved us so much, that even though we were dead because of our sins, he gave us life when he raised Christ from the dead. It is only by God’s grace that you have been saved! - Ephesians 2:4-5
Sports team: Notre Dame and Kansas State
Worship song: Our God is Greater, Chris Tomlin
Childhood: I grew up on a farm in central Kansas, about 50 miles north of Wichita. I went to a small school house, Sunny Hill, where I had only one classmate all eight years.
Family: I had three sisters and my father was a pastor and farmer. My wife, Chris, and I have three adult children.
Education: Spanish from Goshen College, two years of seminary
Before I was a pastor: I have held quite a few jobs: an ambulance and truck driver, office and customer service work, tree trimmer, Spanish and English teacher, missionary and pastor in Uruguay, South America
How I got saved: I was saved when I was 6 years old, helped by my mother after I realized I needed help with my anger issues.
Hobbies: Woodworking and fixing things.
Places in the World I've visited: 10 countries in South America and China
The best piece of advice I've ever been given: Believe in the talents God has given you.
Movie – Fiddler on the Roof
Junk food – Ice Cream
Restaurant – China Buffet or Mancino’s
Season – Spring
Place in the world – Where my friends are
Bible verse – And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit. 2 Corinthians 3:18
Worship song – Almighty
Worship & Creative Arts Director
Childhood: I grew up in Clarkston, Washington and Lewiston, Idaho and went to a private Christian school until high school. I graduated from Clarkston High School. I was involved in soccer, youth group and worship. I grew up in and have attended River City Church for all my life before coming to Harvest.
Family: I have a dog named Chief and my parents are Ross and April West. I also have an older brother, Sean, who lives in Boise, ID.
Before I worked at HCC: Before coming to HCC, I was a full-time student at Lewis-Clark State College. I was heavily involved with the Worship Team at River City Church as a leader and I also led junior high youth group.
How I got saved: I grew up in church and a Christian home, which led to me getting saved when I was pretty young. In high school, both of my parents were diagnosed with cancer. Seeing their devotion to God and their love for Him in such a difficult time hit me hard. Seeing how God worked miracles in all our lives pushed me into a deeper love for Jesus and made me want to seek Him more. This sparked my passion for worship even more and my desire to pursue ministry.
Hobbies: Playing music, traveling/adventure, skiing
Places in the world I’ve visited: Nothing outside of the U.S. besides Canada. I have been to Alaska and Hawaii.
One thing on my bucket list I haven't accomplished yet: Traveling to and exploring New Zealand.
As a kid, I was: A very introverted child. Loved to just sit in my room by myself and play with my toys.
The best piece of advice I’ve ever been given: Failure is inevitable, but you have a choice whether or not to give up.
Movie – Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring
TV Show – Star Trek: Voyager
Musician - Tom Misch
Junk food – Ice Cream
Restaurant – Fazzari’s Pizza (Clarkston, WA)
Season – Winter… because of skiing!!
Place in the world – Home
Bible verse – “Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you. I will praise you as long as I live, and in your name I will lift up my hands. I will be fully satisfied as with the richest of foods; with singing lips my mouth will praise you.” - Psalm 63:3-5
Worship song – Good question! Probably ‘Captain’ by Hillsong United
Children's Ministry Director
Childhood: I am a small town girl who, for the first 10 years of my life, grew up in a little house in Shipshewana, IN. I had a happy childhood. Growing up in the 80’s meant bike rides around the block without my parents, a short walk to the town drug store to purchase a piece of candy and playdates with neighborhood friends.
Family: My family is very special to me! I have loving parents, and two siblings. I am married to the love of my life, Stan Peachey. We will celebrate our 20th wedding anniversary in 2018. We have two amazing children, Ty, age 13, and Claire, age 11. We love outdoor adventure, being spontaneous, and investing in the lives of our friends.
Before I worked at HCC: I worked as an Elementary Librarian for the Fairfield Community School District, at Millersburg Elementary. I continue my position as a substitute teacher for Fairfield Community Schools when it works in my schedule.
Salvation Story: I grew up going to church. Every time the church doors were open, we were there. I watched my mother and father give of their time repeatedly for kingdom work. The strength of my parent’s faith and their active involvement in the church was a tremendous example to me and helped me realize at a young age that I too wanted to serve the amazing God that they served. I spent several summers, as a camper at our local church camp, were I first made a commitment at the age of 13. The summer after my junior year in high school, I went to Camp Hebron, in Halifax, PA to work as a counselor for the summer. It was that summer that I made a deeper commitment, to what I knew, I was already called to do, Serve Jesus. He has been faithful ever since! I serve a mighty God!
Hobbies: Decorating, bargain shopping, gardening,
Places in the world I’ve visited: Mexico, Canada, Hawaii, Haiti,
One thing on my bucket list I have not accomplished yet:
As a kid, I was: I was stubborn, strong willed, & creative.
The best piece of advice I’ve ever been given: This too shall pass. - Grandma Martin (In relation to parenting!)
Movie - Anything Disney (I have young kids!)
TV Show - Antiques Road Show or anything that gets my creative juices flowing; This Old House, etc.
Music- Worship Music!!!
Junk Food – Donuts
Restaurant – Smokey Bones, Olive Garden
Season - Fall
Place in the World - Nature - Love being outdoors!!!
Bible Verse - It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery. -Galatians 5:1
Sports Team - I’ll cheer for whoever is losing!!! For my husband, GO, STEELERS!
Administrator & Accountant
Childhood: I was born and raised in Goshen. We lived on the same street my entire childhood, but moved across the street to switch things up a bit. Harvest has been my home church from the very beginning and I feel blessed to now help further the mission in a new way.
Family: My parents are Dan and Chris Diener, see Visitation Pastor. I am the youngest of 3; my sister is currently serving overseas and my brother lives near Kokomo, IN with his wife and two adorable kids.
Education: I graduated from Goshen High School and went on to Indiana Wesleyan University where I graduated with a double major in Accounting and Spanish.
Before I worked at HCC: I worked at two different public accounting firms in Elkhart and Goshen doing auditing and tax work, primarily.
How I got saved: Growing up in the church, I made a commitment to become a Christian at a young age, but it was not until I was 14 that I rededicated my life to following Jesus and began my relationship with Him. God used a speaker at Bible Memory Camp to speak into my life of His great love for me and the lengths He went to in order that I might live and be free.
Hobbies: Crocheting, biking, traveling, and reading
Places in the world I’ve visited: I have traveled to 14 different countries around the world and can’t wait to add to that list!
One thing on my bucket list I haven't accomplished yet: Visiting every state in the US
Movie – Pride and Prejudice (the 5 hour BBC version of course)
TV Show – The Mary Tyler Moore Show
Musician – Bethel Music or Esperanza de Vida
Junk food – Brownies (must be fudgy)
Restaurant – El Camino Real
Season – Autumn
Place in the world – Not possible to pick just one
Bible verse – Proverbs 3:5-6
Sports team – The Colts
Worship song – “Great Are You Lord”